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Here is another translation - based on Irving Babbitt's:
To refrain from all evil, to achieve the good, to purify one’s own heart — this is the teaching of all Buddhas.
Theosophy has to inculcate ethics; it has to purify the soul.
From Key to Theosophy.
Dhamma is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Symbolism of ancient Egyptian rite reveals karma underpinning this after death rite:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/fo ... -heart.htm
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Nicholas Weeks wrote: Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:34 pm Symbolism of ancient Egyptian rite reveals karma underpinning this after death rite:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/fo ... -heart.htm
It's probably more accurate to say that both the notion of kamma and the weighing of the heart are instances of a universal religious archetype which says that there is justice in the next world, if not in this, and evildoers will be rewarded accordingly.
Christian heaven and hell fulfill the same function.

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Here is a paraphrase by Purucker of the famous Hindu verse from the Rig-Veda - the Gāyatrī:
That lofty inner soul of the god's sun, may it unite the thoughts of us, its offspring, and urge us into that union, the union of the lower with the superior, of the individual with the spirit of man, with divinity.
The transliteration of the Sanskrit is:
Tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi,
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
Dhamma is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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The latest magazine of Theosophy Downunder:

http://theosophydownunder.org/australia ... er2020.pdf
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The function of Theosophists is to open mens hearts and understandings to charity, justice, and generosity, attributes which belong specifically to the human kingdom and are natural to man when he has developed the qualities of a human being. Theosophy teaches the animal-man to be a human-man; and when people have learned to think and feel as truly human beings should feel and think, they will act humanely, and works of charity, justice, and generosity will be done spontaneously by all.
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For the future we intend that at this hour the Mystic shall be at home, less metaphysical and scientific than is his wont, but more really himself. It is customary at this hour, before the lamps are brought in, to give way a little and dream, letting all the tender fancies day suppresses rise up in out minds. Wherever it is spent, whether in the dusky room or walking home through the blue evening, all things grow strangely softened and united; the magic of the old world reappears. The commonplace streets take on something of the grandeur and solemnity of starlit avenues of Egyptian temples the public squares in the mingled glow and gloom grow beautiful as the Indian grove where Sakuntala wandered with her maidens; the children chase each other through the dusky shrubberies, as they flee past they look at us with long remembered glances: lulled by the silence, we forget a little while the hard edges of the material and remember that we are spirits.
From the "The Hour of Twilight", George W. Russell - AE
Dhamma is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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